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South Australian Country Fire Service

Functional responsibility

The Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 provides for the South Australian Country Fire Service (SACFS) as a body corporate and also establishes the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM). The SACFS and SAFECOM are responsible to the Minister for Emergency Services.

The primary function of the SACFS is the prevention of fires, and provision of fire and emergency response services to regional and peri-urban areas of South Australia.

SAFECOM provides various corporate services in support of the SACFS’s primary functions. Also, the operations of the SACFS are financed by the Community Emergency Services Fund (the Fund), established by the Emergency Services Funding Act 1998.

For more information about the SACFS’s objectives refer note 1 of the financial report.

Financial statistics
Net cost of providing services: $68.6 million
Total contributions from the Fund: $74.3 million
Number of FTEs: 136.9
Number of volunteers: 14 004
Employee benefits liability and related on-costs: $6 million
Workers compensation liability: $3.6 million

Significant events and transactions

Responses to bushfires including the Sampson Flat bushfire resulted in operational costs of $7 million, largely funded through contributions from the Fund.

Financial statement opinion

Financial controls opinion
Key issues:
  • Several instances where there was no evidence of approval of bona fide reports
  • Instances of asset creation/upgrade forms not being completed or independently reviewed
  • No independent oversight of annual asset stocktake
  • Controls for the Shared Services SA main payroll system did not meet a generally satisfactory standard